Episodes

Jan. 29, 2023

Kaki Okumura: "Wa, the Art of Balance" Author

I’ve been doing the Now and Zen podcast for exactly 3 years. That’s 80 episodes with many great guests, wonderful stories, fascinating insights, and I’m often asked, who was my favorite guest. That’s a lot like asking a pare...

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Dec. 19, 2022

Joseph Delmastro: Author "Cultured Gaijin"

This episode I speak with Joseph Delmastro, the author of Cultured Gaijin. It’s a unique book set in 1970s Japan about what happens when Joseph, an airman stationed in Tokyo, breaks free from expectations and fully embraces...

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Nov. 24, 2022

Alvin Tan: 6 Controversial Reasons Foreigners should work for Japanes…

Have you ever thought about working for a Japanese company in Japan, but were turned off by all the stories of long hours, low pay, slow career path, no incentives for performance, archaic hierarchy rule setting, social drink...

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Oct. 15, 2022

Kiyoshi Matsumoto: Author of Japan Unmasked

This episode we deep-dive into well-know, but often misunderstood Japanese culture topics with Kiyoshi Matsumoto. Kiyoshi is the author of the book “Japan Unmasked, Understanding Japan and its people”. Kiyoshi is Japanese b...

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Sept. 27, 2022

Federico Fanelli: Swirl Wine the Personalized Wine Subscription Servi…

Drinking wine should be a relaxing event and lifestyle enhancer, at least this is how Swirl co-founder Federico Fanelli views it. Originally from Italy, Federico came to Japan on a mission to introduce the wine lifestyle to J...

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Sept. 11, 2022

Dominic Carter: Japan Market Entry and Branding Expert (Rerelease)

This episode you will hear from Dominic Carter, an expert on Japan market entry, market research, and branding. Dominic shares great insight, knowledge, and current research results, for anyone working in Japan or looking to ...

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Aug. 24, 2022

Sean Nichols: Japan Entertainment industry insider & Ultraman actor

Sean Nichols has been an entertainer on Japanese TV, a Manzai stand-up comedian, the global representative for Japan's biggest YouTuber, went on tour with Aerosmith, but is most famous for his starring role in the Ultraman ...

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Aug. 11, 2022

Masako Yamamura: Hospitality and Retail Training Professional

This updated and re-released episode we get into Hospitality and Retail with professional sales and leadership trainer Masako Yamamura. We discuss Omotenashi possibly leading to world peace, Bartenders are the most fun hosp...

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July 23, 2022

William Ryan: Japan Hospitality Consultants founder and Irish bar pio…

Have you ever considered opening your own bar, cafe, or restaurant in Japan? It seems daunting and bureaucratic doesn't it? On this episode you will hear just how simple it can be. I speak with William Ryan, the founder of …

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July 10, 2022

Julien Rey: Leasing Director for "Thrillers & Fillers" at The Outlet!…

A topic near and dear to my interests and business: Retail in Japan. Specifically the Outlet Mall industry. This episode we hear from Julien Rey, the Leasing Director for the Outlet! Company. Japan already has numerous outl...

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June 27, 2022

Masafumi Otsuka:

This is a deep-dive into those mystifying Japanese business practices foreigners in Japan often struggle with. Intercultural Facilitator Masafumi Otsuka explains the frustrating Japanese business practice of "Why Japanese man...

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June 9, 2022

Ruth Jarman: CEO and International Cultural Connector

Connecting International Curiosity with Japanese Content with 34-year Japan entrepreneur Ruth Jarman. She is the founder of Jarman International and the author of six books in Japanese. We talk about these books, this content...

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May 25, 2022

Diane Tincher: Specialist Japanese culture and history, writer, tour …

It's passionate travel stories from rural Japan, fascinating historical story-telling, and insightful cultural observations with Diane Tincher. Diane has been in Japan for 35 years, lived in Kagoshima for 26 years, has 8 chi...

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May 7, 2022

Tyson Batino: Serial Entrepreneur & Small Business Advisor

Serial entrepreneur Tyson Batino, founder of three businesses in Japan including the successful English school chain One Coin English, is the guest this episode. His latest business is 'Scaling Your Company' where he advises...

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April 23, 2022

Yuko Tamura: "Rebellious" Writer and Editor of Japonica

If you are a regular listener to Now and Zen, you'll know many of my fascinating guests are non-Japanese living in Japan. So it's always fun to have a bi-cultural Japanese guest on the show and hear their insights and …

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April 7, 2022

Frank Packard: Alternative Investment Specialist

This episode I step outside my comfort zone and talk about investing with Alternative Investment Specialist Frank Packard. Specifically we discuss Passion Investing, things like art, watches, and fine wine. What are the oppo...

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March 24, 2022

Nikhil Gupte: Managing Dir. Barilla Japan. Expanding Italian Pasta in…

A very entertaining conversation all about the Italian pasta business in Japan. This episode you meet Nikhil Gupte the Managing Director for Barilla Japan. Barilla is a 145 year old family owned Italian food company and Nik...

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March 10, 2022

David Clement: Corporate entrepreneur. Stories from 22 years of selli…

I thought it might be a challenge to interview my old friend David Clement. After-all we both grew up in the same small town and have known each other in Japan for over 20 years. However, his wisdom, Japan insight, …

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Feb. 27, 2022

Ugo Bataillard: Food & Beverage Consulting & Innovation CEO

Fascinating innovations are happening in the food & beverage industry around the world and Ugo Bataillard is introducing them to Japan. Ugo is the Founder and CEO of GourmetPro, a startup which began as a Japan market-entry ...

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Feb. 8, 2022

Cynthia Usui: From part-timer to Country Manager of LOF Hotels in les…

Cynthia Usui becomes the 1st ever return guest to the podcast. Less than a year ago, Cynthia was surviving as a part-time supermarket cashier after losing her high profile job, and now, she is the Japan Country manager for a …

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Jan. 23, 2022

Ed Thompson: Marketing Consultant and Educator

Now and Zen Japan welcomes Mr. Ed Thompson, a Marketing Consultant and the founder of Concept Design. This episode we share beers and talk about his 20+ years in Japan and professional career in marketing, branding, advertisi...

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Jan. 9, 2022

Evan Burkosky: Digital Transformation Evangelist

This episode is an entertaining and simulating conversation with a forward-thinking, self-described "Evangelist" for for Digital Transformation in Japan, Mr. Evan Berkosky. Before you decide to tune-out because "Digital Tra...

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Dec. 23, 2021

Yukie Kito: Award Winning Film Producer

This episode I have an entertaining conversation with an old friend of mine. Yukie Kito is an award winning movie producer with over 20 films to her credit. This is really an "insiders" episode where we talk about her life, …

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Dec. 10, 2021

Mats Lindstrom: Ducati Motorcycles President Japan

It's time to get your motor running and head out to the highway. This episode I speak with the president of Ducati Japan Mr. Mats Lindstrom. You do not need to be a "bike guy" or a "gear-head" to enjoy …

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